Microsoft Smart Watch Project Allegedly Given to Surface Team

Microsoft smart watch, allegedly,

Microsoft smart watch, allegedly,

Reports claim that the Microsoft smart watch prototype testing has been transfered to its Surface team. Citing sources familiar with the matter, The Verge has reported that the team responsible for developing the Microsoft Surface is also creating prototypes of the company’s wrist-worn devices.

Rumors previously claimed that Microsoft’s Xbox accessories team designed and created various prototypes of the Microsoft smart watch, which also included a “Joule” heart rate monitor. Recent organizational changes at Microsoft aligns the Xbox hardware and Surface hardware teams into a single division, with former Windows chief Julie Larson-Green heading Microsoft’s hardware team.

This also follows previous reports that Microsoft is requesting 1.5-inch displays from its Asia-based suppliers, as well as a report from AmongTech that the smartwatch prototypes include various removable wrist bands in different colors, including blue, yellow, red, white, black, and gray.

Microsoft smart watch, allegedly.

The tech blog also claims that the Microsoft smart watch prototypes are encased in oxynitride aluminum, a very expensive type of “translucent aluminum” that is said to be thrice as hard as glass. Meanwhile, The Verge reports that the prototypes are running on a modified version of Windows 8, as Microsoft plans on integrating the smartwatch with other Windows-powered gadgets.

According to various reports, these prototypes include 6GB worth of storage, cloud storage support, notifications, music controls, and LTE support.

Source: The Verge

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